The Lake District, sometimes known as 'The Lakes' or 'Lakeland' is a world renowned tourist destination and the best known UK destination brand, after London. It is famous, perhaps obviously, for its unique 'lakes and fells' landscape, imortalised by well-known poets, writers and artists, such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas De Quincey.
The Lake District National Park was designated in 1951 and the area now enjoys the protection that this brings. England has no other areas above 3,000 feet, apart from within the Lake District National Park, which also has England's highest mountain; Scafell Pike [3209ft, 978m].
Strangely, there is actually only one true lake; Bassenthwaite Lake. Most are 'meres' or 'waters', the main ones include:
Bassenthwaite Lake; Brotherswater; Buttermere; Coniston Water; Crummock Water; Derwent Water; Devoke Water; Elterwater; Ennerdale Water; Esthwaite Water; Grasmere; Haweswater Reservoir; Hayeswater; Loweswater; Rydal Water; Thirlmere; Ullswater; Wast Water; Windermere.